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University of Illinois student wanted for sexual assault

A 20-year-old student of the University of Illinois was accused of drugging, then sexually assaulting, a number of women in California. In a combined effort of out-of-state police and the University of Illinois police, the student was arrested on Sept. 23.

The young man is currently being detained at the Champaign County Jail, while he waits extradition to California. According to police, the man found women for dates through Tinder, Facebook, MocoSpace and Skout by using a variety of fake names. After meeting them, he allegedly gave alcoholic drinks to his victims, which he spiked with sedative drugs. When the woman lost consciousness, the man would sexually assault them.

Police have thus far identified four victims of the student. However, they believe that there are more victims. Police suspect that some of the victims might not know that anything happened to them, if they were unconscious at the time of the assault.

Sexual assault can take a wide variety of forms. No matter how it happens, though, it is vital that sexual assault victims remember that the incident was not their fault, and that what happened to them was a violation of morality and the law. Victims should step forward to notify law enforcement officials following any kind of incident of sexual violation or suspected sexual assault.

By filing a police report and recording the events that transpired and the physical evidence of the assault, Illinois assault victims can use the police documentation as evidence in personal injury claims in civil court. Indeed, victims of sexual assault will have the right to pursue civil claims for financial restitution against their attackers.

Source: News Gazette, "UI student wanted in string of California sexual assaults arrested in Champaign," Tim Mitchell, Oct. 08, 2015

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